70th Anniversary International Conference
Le Meridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius
22-23 November 2018
Conference Programme

Thursday 22 November 2018

08.00 - 09.00                Registration Outside Chamarel Room A

09.00 - 09.10                Welcome Address: Mr Shyam Roy, Chairperson Organising Committee

09.10 - 09.25                Welcome Address: Mr Raj H Prayag, President Institution of Engineers Mauritius (IEM)

09.25 - 09.40                Opening of the International Conference: Address by The Honourable Nandcoomar Bodha                                         G.C.S.K., Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Republic of Mauritius 

09.40 - 10.15                Keynote address 1 

                                     Investment in Infrastructure in Africa - Challenges and Opportunities for Mauritian                                       Engineering Talents. Raj Makoond 

10.15 - 10.45                Networking Break 

10.45 - 12.45                Technical Sessions

Session 1: Infrastructure Development (Venue: Chamarel Room A)

Session Chair: Dinesh K Hurreeram 

The ICT Sector in Mauritius: Past, Present and Future. Krishna Oolun

Internet of Things (IoT): Current Perspectives, Challenges and Future Directions. Kavi Khedo

With the Advent of the Metro Express can Mauritius offer a World Class Mobility Solution in the Foreseeable Future. Sidharth Sharma, Deepika Ramkoosalsing and Mr Vimal Cheemontoo

Metro Express Project. Tiruvuri Srm Srinivas

Session 2: Energy and Waste Management (Venue: Chamarel Room B)

Session Chair: Devkumar Callychurn  

Solar Photovoltaics in Mauritius: Status and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future. Yatin Kumar Ramgolam

Modelling of the Heat Harvesting Process from Composting. Megha Yogeshwar, Santaram Venkannah

Simulation of a Model for Heating a Plug Flow Bio-digester by Solar Energy. Doorgha Ragoobura, Santaram Venkannah Geeta, D. Somaroo, Devin Bhoodoo, Yogeshwar Megha

Moving towards an Integrated Waste Management System for Mauritius. Ackshay Jungbahadoor


12.45 - 13.45                Lunch

13.45 - 14.20                Keynote address 2 

                                     The Honourable Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun Minister of Education                                  

14.20 - 14.50                Networking Break 

14.50 - 16.50                Technical Sessions

Session 3: Infrastructure Development (Venue: Chamarel Room A)

Session Chair: Raj H Prayag

Airport Development in Mauritius. 

Port Development. Shakeel Goburdone, Sandesh Seelochun, Shekur Suntah

Water. From Uncertainty towards Security, Virendra Proag

Building Construction and Regulations. Ram Bahadoor

Session 4: Construction Industry (Venue: Chamarel Room B)

Session Chair: Asish Seeboo

A Comparative Study on the Performance of Viscous and Friction Dampers Under Seismic Excitation

Sustainability of Concrete and its Evolution in the Construction Industry. Zaheer Doomah

Possibility of lean construction (LC) in eliminating non-value adding activities (waste) within the Mauritian construction industry. Omkhanthsing Ramkalawon and Reshma Rughooputh

Port Development. Shakeel Goburdone, Sandesh Seelochun, Shekur Suntah

Assessing the performance of reinforcement steel bars subjected to corrosion in beam. Laksham Sanassee, Sailesh K Nunkoo and Jordan Ramburn

Special Session-Women in Technology/ Construction and Engineering  
Thursday 22  November 2018, 13.45 - 17.00
Hear from STEM representatives; meet and learn on challenges faced, technical skills and career balance approaches 
Session Chair: Reshma Rughooputh
Master of ceremony: Anil Singh Rana

13.45 - 13.50                Welcome address by Reshma Rughooputh, IEM EC member

13.50 - 14.05                Address by Representative Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World                                               (OWSD)

14.05 - 14.20                Address by Representative Women in Shipping 

14.20 - 14.50                Networking Break 

14.20 - 14.50                Meet and learn from our Women in construction- Inspiring stories and their                                                                 rapport with Engineering 

                                     Presentation by Hasseenah Elahee - Senior Project Manager, Hoolooman &                                                                           Associates.

                                     Presentation by Aviranee Aucharaz - Land surveyor, Medine Ltd (Property)

                                     Presentation by Kalpana Nepaul - Building Services and Project Manager, Alteo                                                                   Properties Ltd

                                     Presentation by Jaylina Rana - Senior Civil Engineer , Arup (Mauritius)

15.50 - 16.10                Q & A

16.10 - 16.50                Interactive Session - Bridge between academia and industry, encouragement, self -                                           confidence, challenges, strategies


Shilpa Nahaboo - (Director at MLC Quantity Surveyors)

Shanista Seebaluck - Development Control Officer , Planning Division (Ministry Of Housing and Lands)

Benisha Ramlagan - Lead Government Value, Valuation Department (Ministry Of Finance and Economic Development)

Archana Jankee - Lecturer, Mechanical and Production Engineering (Faculty Of Engineering, University of Mauritius) 

Geeta Somaroo - Senior  Lecturer , Chemical Engineering  Department (Faculty Of Engineering, University of Mauritius)

Vimi Dookhun - Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology 

Sabrina  Ramsamy  Iranah - Senior  Lecturer and Head of Department of Applied  Sustainability & Enterprise Development ( Faculty of Engineering, University of Mauritius)

Maria Sabeera Abdullakhan - An Architect Representative 

Nafeesah Khodadeed Toklu - An Architect Representative 

Ritisha Mahadeo, student Representative, University of Mauritius

Facilitator : Yashwaree Baguant Mooshiram

16. 50 - 17.00             Vote of Thanks and Closing

18.30                           Cocktail

19.30                           IEM 70th Anniversary Gala Dinner 

                                    Guest of Honour, Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, G.O.S.K Acting President,                                                        Republic of Mauritius 

                                    Launch of IEM 70th Anniversary Journal

Friday 23 November 2018

09.00 - 09.35                Keynote address 3 

                                     Africa Catalyst Project: Empowering Engineers in sub- Saharan Africa Meredith                                             Ettridge, Royal Academy of  Engineering, UK

09.35 - 10.00                Networking Break 

10.00 - 12.00                Technical Sessions

Session 5: Infrastructure Development (Venue: Chamarel Room A)

Session Chair: Kiran Bhujun  

Engineering Education: Past Practices and the Way Forward. Dinesh K Hurreeram and Manta Nowbuth

Electricity supply in Mauritius: Challenges for the  Future. Rooben Maran and Shamshir Mukoon

Urban Planning and Sustainable Cities. Yashware Baguant Moonshiram 

Road Development Remedial works on Port Louis Ring Road Phase 1. Patrice Jean Marie Silvio Ahthion and Nazeer Mowlabaccus

Session 6: Building Infrastructure (Venue: Chamarel Room B)

Session Chair: Virendra Proag

Assessing the Effectiveness of Split Air Conditioners on Indoors Air Quality. Vella Soobrayen, Santaram Venkannah

Considerations on Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Mauritius. Ritisha Mahadeo and Reshma Rughooputh 

Process simulation and optimization of multiple effect evaporators in a cane industry in Mauritius. Tzarine Nurriya Hoota and Vimi Dookhun

Africa must embrace ICT for Sustainable Development. Kwame  A Boakye 

Port Development Dredging works. Valerie Stella Magembe

Special Session Room- Youth Corner
Friday 23 November 2018, 09.00 - 12.00
Session Chair: Keshaw Raghoo
Open Dialogue Session 'Youth Perspective of the evolution of the construction sector in Mauritius' - Facilitator-Yvan
Critical assessment of the Water Sector in Mauritius - Triveni Balgobin
Application of Shape Memory Alloys in Engineering - Hogesh 
Microelectromechanical systems for space (MEMs) - Rana
Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Training at UoM - Keshav Augnoo
Industry 4.0 - Technology Supporting the Transport Sector - BEng (Hons) Civil Eng, Year 3 - (Poster)
Rapporteur: Kaseetha Sookhun

12.00 - 13.00                Panel Discussions and Closing Note, Organising Committee

13.00                            Lunch

14.30                            Industry Visits


                                I. M3-Verdun Road-Slope Stabilisation

                                II. Port-Louis Ring Road - Collapse and Repair

                                III. Terra (Cane Milling & generation power station)